Thursday, August 25, 2011

Late Summer Anniversary Vacation~ Making Memories

This years vacation found us hitting the road before the sun came up.
Traveling along in the calm of the early morning to our destination on our 38th wedding anniversary.
Each year we plan a little getaway on our special day. It has become a tradition for us to celebrate a new year of marriage with a little R&R.

Our travels to Hot Springs, Arkansas was beautiful and relaxing as we enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the way. Many trees looked like they were turning rust with Fall colors, but we quickly realized they were fading fast due to the terribly hot temperatures we have and still have this summer. Just six hours away the heat was less intense and for that we were very happy to have a break even with a few degrees.

Hot Springs is a beautiful city surrounded by Pine Tree covered mountain tops. The countryside is beautiful and standing at the top of West Mountain over looking the city was breathtaking.

Walking around the old Victorian style city was so much fun. Beautiful buildings, vintage landmarks, special boutiques and of course a few hot springs were among the interesting sights. One of the cities oldest hotels is The Arlington. We did not stay here, but we did walk through the lobby and browsed the gift shops. The building is old and showing age.
The main street is lined with Southern Magnolia Trees and give such a sense of nostalgia as we walked all around.

Beautiful city fountains that continually stream a steady flow of HOT water. You can see steam coming right out of the fountain. I touched the water, and yes, it is hot.

The downtown area also has situated on the sidewalk, a tribute called The Walk Of Fame. The following pics are just a few of the many famous people included.

One side of the street flourishes the famous Bath House Row. These are establishments from the early 1900's when it was all the rage to be pampered in a hot bath. Beautiful large porches on the bath houses with relaxing chairs to over look the downtown area. Sculptures beautifully situated on the front lawns of the bath houses line the fronts where Magnolia trees scatter their ever dropping leaves. These bath houses are still operating today.

Lots of boutique and antique shopping all along the main and side streets. My "Best Guy" is a dear to carry my packages.

We found some great antique malls off the beaten path too. They were so large it took several hours to go through each one.

We enjoyed more beautiful mountain views in the pines and relaxing lake scenes.

As our stay continued we traveled about 7 minutes from Hot Springs to The Garvan Woodland Gardens where the Anthony Glass Chapel is situated in the wooded pines overlooking the beautiful gardens. We have visited here several years ago and was inside the chapel. It is beautiful to sit in a pew and look out over the nature all around. The bell tower rings out a hymn in chimes that echos across the pines. This year a wedding was taking place and no visitors could go inside until the wedding was over. So we walked around the gardens, took pics and enjoyed the restful peace of this gorgeous spot.

Another Anniversary vacation comes to a finish, but we will remember the peaceful and relaxing time shared in a beautiful part of our America. As the cows said goodbye, we take the road home thankful for a wonderful time.

Thank you for stopping by to share in our little trip. We always love to get away for a restful break, but even more thankful to return home.

Me and my "Best Guy" 38 years ~~ together forever in love and life!

Blessings always!

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